It’s been a few months, so I thought I might give you some updates on the property itself. To be honest, we haven’t done a whole lot! :) This big move was four years in the making, so we’ve really tried to keep the projects to a minimum.
Now if you are familiar with the Fall City area, we are roughly a 10 minute drive from I90 on the Preston to Fall City Road. Some might say we are out in the sticks, but this is hardly true. Depending on the time of day, we can be in Downtown Seattle in 30 minutes. I hear people say it’s such a long drive, it’s a long ways from town, and some ask if we get tired of the drive.
When heading back from town, it never feels like a long drive. The Preston to Fall City Road is really beautiful and though the speed limit is only 45 mph, the scenery is fantastic. Meandering along the Raging River and covered in green much of the year, the autumn leaves are in full show right now.
The drive allows my mind to wind down. Then as I pull into the driveway, I look forward to what might be in the pasture like our resident deer I so much enjoy watching. Or a bear! I’m waiting for the day that a bear is walking down our driveway!
Speaking of bears…. I’ve had to become quite educated on the dos and don’ts of living around bears. Now, I’m probably making this out to be a way bigger deal than it is, but I’m always on the lookout! We recently have been “hit” by a bear twice in the last several weeks. This means a bear has delighted on our garbage can contents two too many times.
The first time, he made out like a bandit dumping over two cans and dragging the bags across the yard and into the woods. We didn’t discover it until the next morning.
The second time, we caught the fury beast in action after coming home from a friend’s house in the evening. We had absentmindedly forgot to leave the compost bin right in front of the house. Luckily, with the jazzy LED lights my husband installed around the front of the house, I could see him, and he scurried away in the shadows of the night. He had this run like, “Whoops, gotta go!” My heart was pounding out of my chest as we pulled up and didn’t get out until Bobby gave the all clear for Bradley and I to get out of the car.
Updated lattice and early morning sunrise.
Sometimes, there is movement in the distance. Softly and slowly the twitch of ears emerge with long twig-like legs attached to rectangular bodies. It’s the deer. It’s not uncommon for them to bed down in our pasture or the neighbor’s. This is so cool. They often graze around 6:30 in the evening, the perfect time for Bradley and I to arrive home. As we emerge out of the trees and round the driveway to the house, they are often in the pasture to the left. As we slowly drive past, we roll down the windows and talk to the deer.
I softly say, “Hi, babies. Hi babies.”
Bradley loves to scramble to the left side of the car, roll down the window and say, “Hi reindeer! Hi reindeer!”
In defense of my mildly overdramatic reaction, when I was a kid, there was this huge windstorm in the Tri-Cities that people still reference. It was crazy windy and kept my parents and I up most of the night. By morning all four of the large pine trees in our front yard had been completely flattened. Two of the trees landed on our house, causing major damage and shifting the entire chimney by a few inches in the center of the house! I’ve never been a fan of serious wind, as you can see my fears of wind storms stretch far back into my childhood.
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